The urge to escape certainties

Prof. Juergen Mansel on the meaning of play Play trains skills, promotes readiness to try new directions and teaches sympathy and cooperation. Games only work voluntarily and are therefore a step ahead of other forms of learning. Spaces for play are, however, increasingly restricted. New ones are opening up in the two-dimensional reality of the computer. It’s not just children, but all of us ...

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Urban environment. Space. Culture.

A wish from Sergei Tchoban concerning export of architecture Service is not art. But the work of architects is a combination of service with the creativity of an artist. In the past 20 years, exchange of information has increased enormously in both areas. In my view, the service provided by architects according to Western standards is a particularly outstanding characteristic of their work. But ...

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The unending history of time…

Time has its history too. With the help of sun, moon, stars and technology people have been trying for thousands of years to measure the essence of time, wanting to order it and tame it. These days we have to smile about many of those efforts. And it dawns on us: our way of thinking about time is also determined by the times we ...

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Having, experiencing, being…

The increase play and the project of good living Anyone searching for experiences has little other worries. He has enough to eat and drink, a roof over his head and a little money in his account. It doesn’t have to be much, but enough to feel fairly safe. Anyone searching for experiences has to make a choice. Should he fly to Thailand or go ...

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Instant trust

Ointment for the exploited consumer society It may be that there’s something in the theory that our trust is vanishing, because the condition necessary for trust is becoming scarce – uprightness. Who, in a consensus society, still has the courage to publicly state unpalatable truths? Which politician, philosopher, scientist, journalist or businessman hasn’t long since mutated into a media figure, reinventing himself each morning ...

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Blue gold

Water on the stock exchange Water, or more precisely, drinking water, is currently considered as a red-hot investment tip on the stock exchange. It may seem strange to entrust a basic neces­sity of life such as water (with clean air maybe coming next?) to commerce. But the contest for the water mar­ket, running into billions, has been going on for some time now. So ...

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You never lose your beginnings

Psychologist Raimund Thiele on the inner home In our heads, home mostly takes place geographically. In the media we hear about people who have left their hometown, who are waging war for their native country or who hate their homeland (politically). In order to discover what home means to people – regardless of where they live on the planet – we spoke to the ...

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Intuition is omniscient

How to deal rationally with intuition We think that we make the best decisions with rational deliberation. By contrast, our emotions are unreliable. Passion, in particular, has always been viewed as something not to be trusted.   The ancient Greeks already considered intellect and reason as the supreme authority within ourselves. And passion? The Greeks called it “pathos”, and pathology, the science of diseases, ...

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Stage directing – a split between role and »I«

Stage directing means fascinating and is fascinating. Stage directing is flying, hovering and taking off. Ensuring enough reality for oneself and for the public is perhaps paradoxically the most important objective of every stage direction.   Our theatrical everyday life The word »directing« and expressions which are directly associated with it have long since divorced themselves from the context of the proverbial muses’ temple ...

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The morbidity of Venice and bold visionaries of modern architecture

Between conversations, silence and tranquillity A portrait of the photographer Ingrid von Kruse Vendramina Marcello has a faint, almost imperceptible smile around the corners of her mouth. Ingrid von Kruse calls her La Dogaressa, since the first Doge of Venice is said to have come from her ancient family. Her fine, little curls are tamed and held closely in place around her head by ...

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